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Post by trog @ 12:57pm 06/06/11 | 6 Comments
As Dan noted last week, the reveal of Call of Duty Elite caused gamers to be confused and furious, as we so often are when confronted with a smidgen of information that pointed towards an incoming assault on our collective wallets.

To help stem the tide, Activision have released a Call of Duty Elite FAQ which they hope will clear things up. There's a lot in there, but here are the two bits that stood out to me - first, why you should care about it:
How will Elite compare to free offerings that currently exist?

We believe that the free elements of Elite alone will be better than any free service currently on the market today. Elite ups the ante of any free service by offering a range of innovations on well-established multiplayer features, such as leaderboards, heat maps, and rich player data. Additionally, other Elite features are completely new to the industry. For example, with Elite’s new Groups featured integrated with Modern Warfare 3, you will be able to join custom groups based on your likes, interests, or affiliations, and then have those groups follow you directly into the game. Soon you’ll be playing in a social group, making new friends (and rivals!) who play Call of Duty and share your interests, home town, or play style.
... and secondly, how much:
Why announce now if you can’t show us all the Modern Warfare 3 launch features and pricing?

Elite was designed from the ground up to integrate with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Therefore, many of the services which will be a part of the premium membership will not be able to be demonstrated fully until the launch of Modern Warfare 3. The reason we launched the service ahead of that time was to invite people to participate in a public beta of the service using Black Ops, which will help to test the service at scale and fine tune it before its official release this November. The premium membership to Elite also will include many industry firsts, and will represent the ultimate Call of Duty experience.
It's an interesting model and it certainly will be fun to see how it evolves; I'm sure the price point will be a key factor for many people - simply, will the features on offer be worth paying extra money for?



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Kustom
Posted 01:04pm 06/6/11
This to me seems nothing more than a re-badged steam clone for CoD diehards. no doubt they will make money off this though.
teq
Posted 01:10pm 06/6/11
will the features on offer be worth paying extra money for?



maybe with todays gamers having the attention span of a goldfish
kids today don't remember what it was like having games like half life where mods were free and you could make your own maps

s***, some of the best maps ever made for CS were by enthusiast players and they were completely free
Fixah
Posted 01:20pm 06/6/11
If you ask me i think COD (Black Ops anyway) has enough statistics and rich data for my liking. You get all sorts of visual representations about weapons, maps, gameplay performances broken down by different game modes and other funky s*** and you're able to compare all of this funky s*** to friends and other players all straight out of the box. Do you really need a dedicated service to provide you with even deeper richer stats about everything that you do? sure it's aimed for the hardcore but even then I think it's just overkill.
Eorl
Posted 01:22pm 06/6/11
Yeah, sometimes too much information can be just that, too much. We shall see what it's all like. Only reason I'd be buying MW3 is if a few friends buy it as well, but seeing as how they are all buying BF3, doesn't really matter.
`ViPER`
Posted 04:14pm 06/6/11
Soon you’ll be playing in a social group, making new friends (and rivals!) who play Call of Duty and share your interests, home town, or play style.


you mean like everyone already does with dedicated servers in games like TF2 on steam.
Nicky
Posted 09:34am 14/6/11
This to me seems nothing more than a re-badged steam clone for CoD diehards. no doubt they will make money off this though.


Not everything should have a price tag. If gaming companies really cared about their "communities" they'd give something back once in a while.
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